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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Department of Invertebrate Zoology

Astropecten nitidus

Astropecten nitidus Verrill, 1915. Photo by John E. Miller

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Dave PawsonSenior Scientist

  • Phone: 202-633-1757
  • Fax: 202-633-0182
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  • Mailing Address:
    Smithsonian Institution
    PO Box 37012, MRC 163
    Washington, DC 20013-7012

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    Smithsonian Institution
    National Museum of Natural History
    10th and Constitution Ave, NW
    Washington, DC 20560-0163

    Responsibilities: Senior Research Scientist, Curator of Echinoderms

    Education: B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Victoria University, New Zealand

    Research Interests: Echinoderms, especially sea cucumbers and sea urchins - taxonomy, ecology, reproductive biology.

    Professional Activities: Council, Biological Society of Washington. Adjunct Faculty member, Harvard University, The American University, Johns Hopkins University

    Recent Publications:

    Mironov, Alexandr N. and Pawson, David L. 2014. A new species of Western Atlantic sea lily in the family Bathycrinidae (Echinodermata: Crinoidea), with a discussion of relationships between crinoids with xenomorphic stalks. Zootaxa, 3873(3): 259-274.

    Donovan, Stephen K. and Pawson, Doris J. 2013. An Intersection in Time and Space: Significance of Modern Invertebrate Borings in Upper Cretaceous Echinoids. Ichnos-an International Journal for Plant and Animal Traces, 20(2): 81-87. doi:10.1080/10420940.2013.787072

    Pawson, David L. and Pawson, Doris J. 2013. Bathyal sea urchins of the Bahamas, with notes on covering behavior in deep sea echinoids (Echinodermata: Echinoidea). Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 92: 207-213. doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.01.023

    Gebruk, Andrey V., Rogacheva, Antonina V., Pawson, David L., Hamel, Jean-François, Macisaac, Kevin G. and Mercier, Annie 2013. Penilidia desbarresi sp. nov. (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea: Elasipodida) from the upper slope of Newfoundland and re-description of P. ludwigi (von Marenzeller, 1893). Marine Biology Research, 9(10): 1029-1036. doi:10.1080/17451000.2013.793810

    Scholz, Joachim, Hoeksema, Bert W., Pawson, David L. and Ruthensteiner, Bernhard 2012. Ludwig Döderlein (1855-1936): Some aspects of his life, research, and legacy. Spixiana, 35(2): 177-191.

    Mercier, Annie, Pawson, David L., Pawson, Doris J. and Hamel, Jean-Francois 2010. First record of the sea cucumber Trachythyone nina (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea) in Canadian waters, with a redescription of the species and notes on its distribution and biology. Marine Biology Research, 6(3): 315-320. doi:10.1080/17451000903233805

    Pawson, David L., Pawson, Doris J. and King, Rachael A. 2010. A taxonomic guide to the Echinodermata of the South Atlantic Bight, USA: 1. Sea cucumbers (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea). Zootaxa, 2449: 1-48.

    Mironov, Alexandr N. and Pawson, David L. 2010. A new genus and species of Western Atlantic sea lily in the family Septocrinidae (Echinodermata: Crinoidea: Bourgueticrinida). Zootaxa, 2449: 49-68.

    Pawson, David L. and Vance, Doris J. 2010. Austin Hobart Clark (1880-1954): his echinoderm research and contacts with his colleagues. In: Harris, Larry G., Boettger, S. Anne, Walker, Charles W. and Lesser, Michael P., Echinoderms: Durham. Proceedings of the 12th International Echinoderm Conference, Durham, New Hampshire, USA, 7-11 August 2006.. CRC Press, pp.xxv-xxxvi.

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